- Feb 19, 2007
I was told by the guy in the shop to get the ATH-R70X with an amp + DAC rather than get the ATH-MSR7 so that my purchase lasts longer and supposedly the performance would be a lot better, monitoring would be better as well, and sound would be more natural. However, I'm more interested in monitoring edm rather than something like pop so I don't know which choice would be better; the r70x + amp with DAC or the ATH-MSR7. The prices would be $700 for the r70x with amp/DAC and the MSR7 would be $278. If you can give me some insight on this, I'd be really grateful, thanks!
Well they're quite different hp. R70x being my favorite, is the most comfortable hp I've ever tried. They're not analytical, but pleasant sounding and have bigger sound stage. Quality of the bass seems a bit better. However detail retrieval and transparency is better in the MSR7. The bass on the MSR7 is quick and punchy opposed to a sort of woolly type on the R70x. I think both hp somehow complement each other, like yin and yang. R70x are open, light, spacious and pleasant, the MSR7 are closed, heavier, aggressive and transparent. However because the highs on the R70x are more forgiving, they can be pushed a bit louder and then comes the roooaaar in the bass that I just like very much. So it comes down to the choice if you want to enjoy or analyze.